Electronic Press Kit


The Deadbeats get that the music is best live. The band made their debut at Nevada City’s renowned Mad Dogs and Englishmen Pub on August 4, 1994. Filled to capacity with crowds lining up outside they knew they were on to something – a certain indefinable sound and feel that captures the essence of a Grateful Dead concert. They started Jerry Bash in 1996 as a free concert in Pioneer Park. Over the years band members have rotated but the core group continues with great shows and big crowds. The current lineup includes Tom Menig, Gary Campus, Eric Menig, Rob Kopp, Glenn Tucker, Peter Wilson and Jenn Knapp.

The Deadbeats play the Dead’s songbook with a balance of improvisation and honoring the song. Guitarist Peter Wilson says, “The songs have taken on a life of their own – they still go deep. When you start in to ‘Sugar Magnolia’ or ‘Truckin’ there’s a joy that comes off the crowd that just lifts up the room. We’re right there with them.” Guitarist Tom Menig adds, “We just love to jam…”

The Grateful Dead played over 2300 live shows in their thirty-year history with spin-offs – The Other Ones, Dead and Company – still drawing big crowds. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized them with a listing under the heading, “most rock concerts performed.” They played to an estimated 25 million people, more than any other band, with audiences of up to 600,000 attending a single show and most of these concerts are preserved in the band’s tape vault. Rolling Stone said Jerry Garcia was “..the unlikeliest of pop stars and the most reticent of cultural icons.”

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